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How to determine window treatments

When do you install curtains? And, when you do you add a shade, or blinds? Or, do you install both?

I have a few tips I like to follow, but at the end of the day, have fun with design and focus on your space, and your space alone. What's most important is how your space makes you feel, and what you truly feel it needs, not only from a window-treatment standpoint, but with any furntiure, decor, or layout.

1. Follow your furniture’s lead. Is your room awkwardly shaped or small/narrow, and does furniture need to pushed up against the wall to accommodate walking space? Furniture takes precedent over those long, flowy curtains, in my opinion. Blinds or shades are a great window treatment option, and sometimes they're the only option!

2. How many functional spaces are you creating? It can be a lot of fun to use windows as a mechanism to separate spaces in an open concept area. I most recently did this in my husbands new office when I decided to only install curtains on the wall his desk sits on. I wanted to differentiate his office from the seating area that now sits adjacent to it!

3. Find the light! Does the sun shine directly through your windows in a certain space, or is your window highly visible to outsiders? Shades or blinds can enhance the temperature control of a room where curtains can’t be hung, or simply to provide even more privacy in addition to your curtains.

At the end of the day, you might just like the look of blinds and curtains, only blinds or only curtains, that's ok, too! It's your home.

All of the windows in this office have cellular shades from Yellow Blinds! Yellow Blinds is a sister brand of Chicology, my go-to brand for window treatments, and I’m already noticing how well-lit and cool this room is staying.

What do you think? Do you have a fool-proof window treatment formula?

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